New Ulm Fourth Ward City Councilor Larry Mack is seeking the New Ulm City Council President seat. Mack officially filed Friday afternoon to appear on the election ballot in November. He will be running against incumbent council president Charlie Schmitz who filed for re-election on May 19. Mack said he filed for the councilor president seat to give people a choice in the election and he had received encouragement to run for the seat. Mack said he had no issue with Schmitz’s work on the council. He did inform Schmitz he was considering running for the seat before filing. Schmitz said Mack had informed of his intension to file. Schmitz welcomed competition in the election. If re-elected, he believed the impact of the coronavirus would the top issue in terms of the city’s budget. Lost sales tax and ongoing city projects like RENU would be top concerns. The election filing period is still open. The deadline for candidate filing is Tuesday, June 2. As city and county offices are closed over the weekend this leaves Monday and Tuesday open for filing.

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